Bayelsa: 60MT Cassava Starch Factory to Begin Operations Soon – Diri

The Bayelsa State Government has revealed that it will soon launch a 60-metric tons (MT) cassava factory to boost the production of cassava starch in the state.

State Governor, Douyi Diri stated this during an inspection tour at the factory, sited at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

According to Diri, the level of work done at the cassava factory was satisfactory, adding that the state is focused on boosting its agriculture sector.

He said the factory is almost ready to commence activities, stating once it is inaugurated, production will kick-off.

Diri further went on to laud the efforts and cooperation of the host community in ensuring security around the area.

He also praised the efforts of his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson for his brilliant idea of transforming the lives of cassava producers across the state through industrialisation.

“This is an indication that our people have to go back to the farms as what we are producing now would not be enough for the factory,” he said.

The governor urged Bayelsans to be very serious with cassava production to generate revenue not just for the state but for their livelihoods.

He said, “All the necessary tools and machines are here. We are talking about commercial farming so you can make money.”

On his part, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. David Alagoa and the Technical Adviser on Agriculture, Mrs Helen Ajuwa, revealed that the factory can produce 60MT of cassava daily.

They noted that it would go a long way to increase cassava production and reduce the importation of cassava products.


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